Oh my goodness – found this recipe – modified it a bit – and, VOILA! New one for my family recipe book. What an absolutely awesome use of all that frozen winter squash in my freezer. Pumpkins, Jarradahls, Acorn squash, butternut, and probably Queensland Blues.
WINTER SQUASH ROLLS
Makes 12-24 rolls
1 ½ cups cooked, smashed, cooled winter squash 1 cup scalded milk 2 scant tablespoons active dry yeast ½ cup warm water 6 cups Sunrise Mills flour ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt ½ cup butter
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. After bloom (about 10 minutes), add 5 cups of flour (I use a combo of whole wheat, bread, and white), sugar, butter, squash, and milk. Stir with dough hook as you are slowly adding each item. Add the remaining cup of flour as needed for nonsticky dough.
Lightly oil the bowl and turn dough to coat with oil, cover bowl with a damp towel. Rise 1 hour (maybe a bit more) in a warm spot.
Divide the dough into 12 or 24 pieces (I go with 24 because we simply don’t need a huge roll). Form the pieces into rounds, then place on a lightly greased 12 x 15 baking. (I used a stone). Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double. 45 minutes or so.
Bake at 400° F (200°) for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Butter a small baking sheet. Spread pecans in a single layer. Heat butter and brown sugar to boiling in a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly for 7 minutes (note – you MUST stir quickly and constantly or it will easily burn and don’t shorten the amount of boiling time). Immediately spread mixture over pecans on baking sheet. It cools quickly, so get is spread – you might have time to help it cover, but use the back of spoon – it’s too hot to handle. Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot mixture and quickly cover with a plate or tin foil. Let melt, then using that spoon, spread melted chips in an even layer. Refrigerate until firm. Break toffee into pieces.
Tip – clean up your pot as soon as possible or the toffee really sticks.
Experience the Holidays: Traditional English Toffee! So often we have those cherished childhood memories of homemade candy and cookies that accompanied holiday celebrations. They stick with us for life. I can remember being in eighth grade and determined to replicate a batch of my mother’s English Toffee. I waited for her to go into town and then pulled out her secret recipe. You know, the ones scratched on a 3.5”x5” card. More often than not, they showed a list of ingredients with instructions that simply said, “Bake at 350° for 30 minutes”. Let’s face it, that’s pretty vague compared to what we explain nowadays. As you can imagine, I melted the butter along with the brown sugar and stirred. And stirred. And stirred. So how come it wasn’t turning into this crisp crunchy texture of rich golden butter that fueled my addiction? What could I possibly be doing wrong? There…
Add the butter and flour to a small sauce pot. Heat and whisk the butter and flour together until they become bubbly and foamy. Continue to cook and whisk the bubbly mixture for about 60 seconds.
Whisk the milk into the flour and butter mixture. Turn the heat up slightly and allow the milk to come to a simmer whilst whisking. When it reaches a simmer, the mixture will thicken. Once it’s thick enough to coat a spoon, turn off the heat.
Stir in the shredded cheddar, one handful at a time, until melted into the sauce. If needed, lace the pan over a low flame to help the cheese melt. Do not overheat the cheese sauce.
Once all the cheese is melted into the sauce, stir in the salt and chili powder. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the sauce becomes too thick, simply whisk in an additional splash of milk.
Sift white flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the wheat and Einkorn flours then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast, oats, and seeds then make a well in the centre.
Stir the molasses into the warm water until dissolved. Add the molasses water to the dry ingredients. Mix to a soft dough. (I used paddle hook on KitchenAid mixer)
Using a dough hook, knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Put in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours, or until double in size.
Preheat the oven to 425°F, 15 minutes before baking. (I start the oven now, then do the below and leave the loaf and pan on top the stove – the warmth from the oven helps with rising, especially in winter.)
Using dough hook, knead again for a minute or two to knock out the air. Shape into an oval loaf about 12 inches long and place on a well-oiled baking sheet. Cover with oiled (important) plastic wrap and leave to rise for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
Brush the loaf with beaten egg and bake in the preheated oven 35-45 minutes (mine was 35 minutes) or until the bread is well risen, browned, and sounds hollow when the base is tapped. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Here’s an easy, delicious, and gorgeous recipe i tried for the first time and was pretty successful! Taken from my old Betty Crocker International Cookbook. When i posted it on facebook, a friend noted that it would make a great Challah bread for Shabbat and some of YHWH’s Feasts! Unbeknowst to me at the time, the little write up for the recipe in the cookbook suggested exactly that!
French Cheese Braid
“The rich yellow dough used to make this braid (the French call it natte) is similar to the Jewish holiday bread called Challah, but somewhat richer in flavor and flecked with bits of cheese. It is delicious as a luncheon or light supper bread served with soup and salad.”
1 package active dry yeast (i use 1 tablespoon)
3/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Real salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
6 ounces Swiss or Gruyère cheese, shredded or diced (about 1 1/2 cups) (i use mozzarella or cheddar)
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in sugar, salt, eggs, butter, and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (I use my Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook). Place in a greased bowl; turn greased side up. (i spray the dough and bowl with my Misto olive oil sprayer and leave the dough in the same mixing bowl). Cover; let rise in a warm place until double, 1 to 2 hours. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched. (If you can’t find a warm spot in your house, set the bowl in a bowl or pan of hot water)
Punch down dough; knead in cheese until well distributed. Divide into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope, 15 inches long. Place ropes together on lightly greased cookie sheet. Braid ropes gently and loosely; do not stretch. Pinch ends to fasten; tuck under securely. Brush lightly with oil. Let rise until double, 40-50 mintues. (May have to set your sheet on top of the pan of hot water again)
Heat oven to 375F, Beat egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water slighty; brush over braid. Place on oven rack below center of oven. Bake until braid sounds hollow when tapped, 25 to 30 minutes. If braid is browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
My experience is that this baked fully at 25 minutes and the braid needs covering at about the 18 minute mark.
In a small bowl stir together the milk, olive, oil, sugar, warm water, and yeast. Stir to dissolve yeast and let sit about 10 minutes then pour into a large mixer bowl.
Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and add all but 1 tbsp. to the liquid ingredients, reserving the extra for brushing the bun tops. Mix in flour, salt, and garlic with paddle attachment until incorporated and then change to a dough hook. Mix with dough hook on medium speed for about 3 to 4 minutes, as needed, to make a smooth, moist dough. Knead until smooth. Place in a large greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down and divide dough into 6 pieces. Roll into balls and let rest 10 minutes covered with a towel. With a well-floured rolling pin, roll balls into 4-inch rounds. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover lightly with a towel and let rise until almost doubled.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining egg together with 1/2 tbsp water. Brush the tops of the buns lightly with egg wash, sprinkle lightly with coarse ground salt and place in oven.
Bake about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool buns on a rack.
That’s the recipe, but i usually make 8 buns with this recipe since they are rather large. They also need to be eaten fresh or they tend to become crumbly. I use lovely Hebridean Sea Salt flakes harvested from the shores of the remote Scottish Hebridean Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.